We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Lerner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, what’s your definition for success?
I feel that success is a mental place where one has passion, confidence, and humility in their actions. Whether that be with family, a partner, or a business practice. Without passion in what you do, confidence in what in achieves, or the humility to revise it and make it better; then I don’t believe one has reached euphoric success. I believe Lerner IT Consulting has done particularly well because we have passion in what we do, and bring a humanistic experience to an otherwise technical world.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am the proud Founder and President of Lerner IT Consulting, LLC (“LIT”), a company that provides Information Technology (“IT”) services to small to medium-sized businesses. Essentially, we are the IT Administrator for several businesses that require IT support, but are too small to need a full-time IT Administrator on payroll. I am most proud of the security, backup procedures, and policies that we’ve implemented for our clients; and, our incredibly fast response times. It isn’t abnormal for us to address an issue within 15 minutes of initial correspondence. It was difficult handling the request load, but by implementing proper controls and request/incident platforms, we successfully reached a place where we can better organize and address issues at a faster pace! LIT has evolved to what it is today thanks to our loyal clients/friends and their referrals, and the growth of our team. LIT hired its first employee, Steve Sinn, last year and has greatly assisted with client communication, business administration, and redundancy. I’ve learned many lessons along the way; including, but not limited to: (1) There is always room to improve any process or control (2) Don’t prematurely stress yourself out about something that hasn’t happened yet (3) Invest in yourself, it will always pays off. If there’s anything I’d like to share about the LIT brand and the story about it, is that I was always interested in computers, ever since I was a kid. My 5th grade yearbook literally says “I want to be an IT Wizard when I grow up.” I used to get called out of Middle School class at least twice a week to assist the school teachers/faculty with their computer issues/questions (LAUSD should’ve had me on payroll haha). People would drop their laptops off at my parents house when I was 11-12 years old for me to try and fix. I saved up money to purchase a home when I turned 21, and started my dream business 5 years later. During the COVID-19 pandemic, LIT was able to donate over 20 laptops to students, teachers, and families in need of a computer at home. It was an honor to give back to the community that gave so much to us. Lerner IT Consulting is a business built on dreams and fueled by passion.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a total creature of habit, so my recommendations are near and dear to me. I would recommend: (1) “HQ Gastropub” in Woodland Hills for great cocktails and food (Shoutout to Emily and Hallie!) (2) “Serrenia Avenue Park” in Woodland Hills if you want to go on a casual hike or simply be surrounded by many off-leash dogs to pet. (3) “The One Up” in Sherman Oaks for great drinks and food while you play on classic arcade machines set to “free play” (4) “Malibu Country Market” in Malibu for great ambiance near the beach with coffee shops, a few bars, and places to eat.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’ve been blessed with a number of amazing mentors, motivators, and clients that have assisted me in reaching my business and business practice goals. I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Cynthia Hoffman (My Wonderful Mother), Michael Adler (GrayLawGroup), Steve Sinn (Support Technician at Lerner IT Consulting), Mylissa Hoffman (My Sister), and David Wohl (Wicked Pictures). They deserve more credit than words can express.